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Bangladesh’s regional salience is increasing

Bangladesh’s regional salience is increasing

-Discussants at book discussion session organized by Unnayan Shamannay Bangladesh’s importance in the geopolitical context have been increasing in the post-cold war era, and the countries strategic importance to international stakeholders has been being reinforced by its impressive economic...

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Message from Chairperson

Unnayan Shamannay has been in operation for about 30 years. Its major strength is participatory research and advocacy. It works for climate-friendly inclusive sustainable development deriving its strength from the fighting spirit embedded in our society, culture, and history. We think Bangladesh is destined to become a developed country within a couple of decades.

Dr. Atiur Rahman

Chairperson, Unnayan Shamannay

Dr. Atiur Rahman, Chair


২০২৪-২৫ অর্থবছরের বাজেটে তামাকপণ্যে কর বৃদ্ধির প্রস্তাবনা

আসন্ন ২০২৪-২৫ অর্থবছরের জাতীয় বাজেটে কার্যকর করারোপের প্রস্তাবনা খুবই গুরুত্বপূর্ণ। এই নিয়ে উন্নয়ন সমন্বয় গত চারবছর ধারাবাহিকভাবেই বাংলাদেশের নীতি নির্ধারণী পর্যায়ে গবেষণাভিত্তিক অ্যাডভোকেসি করে আসছে। সাম্প্রতিক সময়ের সিগারেটের মূল্য বৃদ্ধির চিত্র দেখলে বোঝা যায়, বর্তমান মূল্যস্ফীতি ও আয় বৃদ্ধির ধারায় এই পণ্যে কার্যকর করারোপ হচ্ছে না । ফলে তা তরুণ প্রজন্মের জন্য সহজলভ্য থাকছে। তাই কার্যকর করারোপের বিষয়ে নীতি নির্ধারণী পর্যায়ে প্রয়োজন আরো বস্তুনিষ্ঠ সংবাদ প্রকাশনা। এই উদ্দেশ্যে উন্নয়ন সমন্বয় একটি সংবাদ সম্মেলনের আয়োজন করেছে।

সময় ও তারিখ: দুপুর ৩টা, রবিবার, ১০ মার্চ ২০২৪

স্থান: জহুর হোসেন চৌধুরী হল, জাতীয় প্রেস ক্লাব, ঢাকা

Sustainable Char Infrastructure: Current Perspective, Obstacles and Pathways


National Char Alliance (NCA), in collaboration with Unnayan Shamannay, has been conducting research and policy-making advocacy activities to improve the quality of life of Char people for more than a decade. Recently, Making Markets Work for the Chars (M4C) and NCA have been jointly meeting with various stakeholders to formulate a long-term development plan strategy for the Chars. Already, we have conducted two workshops at the regional level (Shariatpur and Rangpur) on “Possibilities, Challenges and Long-Term Planning of Chars”. In continuation, we have organized a workshop titled ‘Sustainable Char Infrastructure: Current Perspective, Obstacles and Pathways’ in your presence. Hon’ble Minister, Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Md. Tajul Islam, MP, will be graced at the event as the chief guest.

Time: 2:30 to 5:30 pm.

Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Unnayan Shamannay's Roundtable on Budget Review 2023-24

A Roundtable on Budget Review 2023-24 will be held on 17 June 2023 where our Chair- Dr. Atiur Rahman presented the keynote paper.  Discussants in the round table meeting will be Dhaka University Prof. Dr. M. M. Akash, BIGD’s Senior Fellow of Practice-Dr. Mahin Sultan, Professor of Economics at East West University – Dr. A. K. Enamul Haque, BIDS Senior Research Fellow-Dr. S. M. Zulfikar Ali, Country Economist of UNDP – Dr. Nazneen Ahmed, Professor of Development Studies at Dhaka University – Dr. M. Abu Yusuf, professor of economics at the same university – Dr. Rumana Haque, Visiting Fellow of BIGD- Khandkar Sakhawat Ali, Joint Editor of Bangladesh Environment Movement- Architect Iqbal Habib, and Research Director of BIISS. Mahfuz Kabir.

Char in the economic policy landscape of Bangladesh

Join us for a pivotal discussion on the vital role of “Chars” in shaping Bangladesh’s economic policy landscape. Chars, the riverine islands, hold immense potential and unique challenges. This roundtable brings together experts, policymakers, and stakeholders to advocate for specific budget allocations that will harness the potential of Chars for the nation’s growth. Discussion on the role of “Chars” in shaping Bangladesh’s economic policy, featuring a distinguished Chief Guest, Mr. Swapan Bhattacharjee, MP, Honorable State Minister of the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development, and Co-operatives, Government of Bangladesh.

Date: 12 September 2023, Tuesday, Time: 11.00 am

Venue: Bishwo Shahitto Kendro, Banglamotor, Dhaka.


Multimodal Connectivity Between India and Bangladesh

Unnayan Shamannay organizes a seminar on the ‘Multimodal Connectivity Between India And Bangladesh‘. The intention of the program is to further facilitate discourse on improving multimodal connectivity between India and Bangladesh with the intention of bolstering trade between the two countries. High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh H.E. Mr. Pranay Verma will be present at this seminar as the Chief Guest. Our esteemed Chairperson and former Governor of Bangladesh Bank- Professor Dr. Atiur Rahman will be presenting the background note and other key stakeholders (government officials, sector experts, representatives of business communities) will be participating as panel discussants.

Venue: Bishwo Shahitto Kendro (4th Floor), Banglamotor, Dhaka,


What We Do

Social Science Research

Effectively and efficiently applying both qualitative and quantitative research techniques in evaluating development projects, market research, stakeholder analysis, political economy analysis, impact assessment.

Network Building

Along with organizing advocacy events such as seminars, exchange with the mass media professionals, participatory workshops, one-to-one interviews, focus group discussions etc.



Focuses on effectively communicating the research outcomes through carefully designed evidence-based advocacy campaigns at sub-national and national level.

Monthly Macroeconomic Overviews

Our latest Monthly Macroeconomic Overview for Bangladesh paints a picture with contrasting colors. While inflation rose in February, driven by spiking non-food item prices, the report also reveals positive developments that signal resilience and growth in key sectors. Despite inflationary pressures, Bangladesh's export sector is experiencing a boom. February saw a record-breaking $5.18 billion in exports, marking a 12% year-over-year increase. Another positive note comes from remittance inflows from Bangladeshi migrant workers.

Stay tuned for a deeper dive into the February

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